In Proverbs 29:2 we read, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
In Proverbs 14:34 we read, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
In Psalm 33:12 we read, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD…”
It is true of both man and nations; God honors those who honor him. But on the other hand, it has been said “The highways of history are strewn with the wreckage of nations that forgot God.” Another said, “That land is great which knows the Lord, Where freedom’s guided by His Word.”
In a stanza of our National Anthem “The Star Spangled Banner” we read in part “Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land praise the Power that had made and preserved us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just; and this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
In I Timothy 2:1-3 we read, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; (2) For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. (3) For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;…”
Unlike today “PRAYER and POLITICS” were a vital part of America’s earliest history. In 1787, a convention was called to revise the existing Articles of Confederation. For weeks the delegates searched for insights as they reviewed ancient history and analyzed the governments of modern Europe. But nothing seemed suitable to the circumstances of this infant nation. Finally one of the distinguished gentlemen, Benjamin Franklin, addressed the group.
Alluding to their meager progress, he said, “In this situation of this assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when it is presented to us, how has it happened, sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of Lights to illuminate our understandings?” Franklin concluded his address by making the motion “that henceforth prayers, employing the assistance of Heaven and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business…”
Is it too much to believe God answered those prayers by giving our founding fathers the wisdom to formulate one of the most brilliant and enlightened documents of our time, the “Constitution of the United States.” Those were difficult days, but no more than today. O how our nation needs the prayer of God’s people today!
O how our government leaders still need the petitions of God’s people! Let us pray for our nation and its leaders and recommit ourselves to living as God’s people should. Remember – “Every blessing and every freedom in our nation is a gift from God above.”